Midland County Youth Leadership Announces 2022 Leadership Team and Mentors

Midland County Youth Leadership (MCYL), a conference for Midland County freshmen, was held March 18-19. MCYL is a Northwood University program that emphasizes teamwork, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and more.

The following people have volunteered as leadership team and adult mentors at MCYL of the Year.

Steering team members

Zaky El-nachef, son of Zeina Joukhaji, is a junior at HH Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. El-nachef is involved with the Midland Area Youth Action Council and plays tennis and violin.

Luke McMahan, son of Todd and Kim McMahan, is a sophomore at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2021. Luke is in the drums, jazz band and plays lacrosse.


Amelia Hatfield, daughter of John and Marci Hatfield, is a student at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. Amelia is a member of the Midland Area Youth Action Council, the Dow High Symphonic Band and the National Honors Society.

Zoey Archbold, daughter of Jeremy and Mandy Archbold, is a student at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. Zoey is a Girl Scout, National Honors Society and plays BASA travel soccer.

Mikayla Blasdell, daughter of Todd and Heather Blasdell, is a student at Bullock Creek High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. Mikayla is a member of the varsity band and Creekers for a Cause.

T’Emi Oshin, daughter of Gideon and Bola Oshin, is a sophomore at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2021. T’Emi enjoys reading, dancing, and following.

Sarah Li, daughter of Yuxia Shao and Zhanjie Li, is a sophomore at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2021. Sarah is involved with GIDAS, plays in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and plays the piano.

Caden Cummings, son of Cindy and Clark Cummings, is a sophomore at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2021. Caden is a member of the band, is into robotics, and plays the piano.

Ellyana Tierney, daughter of John and Jennifer Tierney, is a senior at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2019. Ellyana is a member of the Student Leadership Board, DECA, and is a Band Section Leader.

Charlotte Ault, daughter of Laura and Andy Ault, is a junior at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. Charlotte is a member of the Midland Area Youth Action Council, Dow High Golf Team and Marching Band.

Jiya Janwani, daughter of Madhura Mansabdar and Pankaj Jandwani, is a sophomore at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2021. Jiya is a member of DECA, Dean/Black School of Performing Arts and Hohmeyer Music Studio.

Andy Yao, son of Xiaomei Song and Edmond Yao, is a junior at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2020. Andy is a member of the Dow High Robotics Team, the AH Nickless Project, and the Dow High Math Club.

Gretchan Furst, daughter of Amber and Jason Furst, is a sophomore at Bullock Creek High School and is a 2021 MCYL graduate. Gretchan is a member of the Bullock Creek band, tennis team, and theater.

Zoe Burns, daughter of Keri and Jerry Burns, is a sophomore at Dow High School and is a 2021 MCYL graduate. Zoe is a member of Dow High’s volleyball team and dances in Gina’s dance studio Beebe.

Ethan Houk, son of Eric and Lynette Houk, is a senior at Dow High School and a 2019 MCYL graduate. Ethan is a member of the Student Leadership Executive Council at Dow High as well as an executive producer of the Bolt Media class. He is also interested in film and cinematography with a Christian perspective.

Maia Figuero, daughter of Jeanny and Pedro Figuero, is a junior at Dow High School and a 2020 MCYL graduate. Maia is involved with Dow High’s varsity pom team as well as the National Honors Society and Symphony Orchestra.

Bella Sullivan, daughter of Teresa George, is a student at Midland High School and a 2020 MCYL graduate. Sullivan is in the Midland High Student Council, softball and basketball.

Kimberly Douglas, daughter of Joseph and Isabelle Douglas, is a senior at Dow High School and graduated from MCYL in 2019. Kimberly serves in the Dow High Key Club, Student Council, and Dear Asian Youth Club.

Autumn Brutyn, daughter of Jennifer and Brian Brutyn, is a sophomore at Midland High School and graduated from MCYL in 2021. Autumn is a student council member, plays the French horn in a band, and swims competitively.

River Penn, child of Wendy and Rick Penn, is a senior at Dow High School and graduated MCYL in 2019. River is a member of DECA, college football, and college cross country.

Emily Northrup, daughter of Jennifer Grohman and Travis Northrup, is a student at Midland High School and a 2020 MCYL graduate. Emily is a member of Peer2Peer, the student council, and the tennis team.

Keara Banks, child of Kimberly and Wesley Banks, is a sophomore at Midland High School and is graduating from MCYL in 2021. Keara is involved in student council, pom and The Focus.

Tolu Oshin, son of Gideon and Bola Oshin, is a senior at HH Dow High School and graduated from MCYL in 2019. Tolu is involved in college basketball, varsity athletics, and serves as co-chair of Dow High DECA.

Hannah Monville, daughter of Kelly and Terry Monville, is a student at Midland High School and a 2020 MCYL graduate. Hannah is the editor of The Focus, captain of the MHS Varsity Pom team and competitive sailor.

Brenden Granzo, son of Brian and Paige Granzo, is a senior at Midland High School and graduated from MCYL in 2019. Brenden is a member of the school swimming, symphony band and newspaper.

Mallory Fenskie, daughter of William Jr. and Karen Fenskie, is a senior at Midland High School and is a 2019 MCYL graduate. Mallory serves as Vice President of Student Council and Student Leadership at MHS and plays bass in MHS Symphony Orchestra.

Adult mentors

Sally Bowen is a retired campaign fundraiser from Alma College. Bowen attended Leadership Midland in 1993. She enjoys volunteering, golfing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Rick Penn is the president of BeAlive in Midland. Penn enjoys skiing, training, and bird hunting in her spare time.

Shruti Bahadur works as a Global Leader and a member of the Employee Experience and Employee Resources groups at Dow. Bahadur attended Leadership Midland in 2011. Bahadur is passionate about promoting DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) at Dow and within communities impacted by Dow. Bahadur also enjoys gardening and cooking.

Teresa George works as the Associate Executive Director of the SVSU Foundation at Saginaw Valley State University. George is graduating from Leadership Midland in 2021. Outside of work, she enjoys watching her three daughters participate in basketball, softball, volleyball and dance.

Madhu Rishi is a co-owner of a practice and works as a clinical director at Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists. Rishi attended Leadership Midland in 2003 and enjoys travelling, dancing and reading.

Chris Krause is the Social Media Manager at Armstrong and Associates. Krause graduated from MCYL in 2008 and enjoys acting, writing and making art.

Pesi Kennet is the outreach coordinator for the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network. Kennet attended Leadership Midland in 2004 and enjoys spending time golfing, volunteering and hanging out with friends.

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